Cinnamon beats Diabetes, Alzheimers, Ecoli, Depression
Full of calcium and fiber, cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices, is mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt as medicine, beverage flavoring and an even as an embalming agent. The spice cinnamon comes from the bark of an evergreen tree and is cultivated widely in Vietnam, China, Burma, and Laos just for its bark and the oils found in the bark. Harvested from the inner of bark on the tree branches, raw cinnamon curls up into quills which are then cut into sticks to be ground into the spice form.
Once upon a time in ancient Rome, cinnamon was worth more than silver.
Cinnamon: Not just a spice!
Cinnamon is well known for its wonderful digestive properties as it “heats up” and helps the processes of digestion and metabolism. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar by balancing blood insulin in diabetics and has actually been proven to be eight times more potent than the diabetic drug, Acarbose – – WITHOUT the negative side effects of Big Pharma drugs. In one recent study, volunteers reduced their blood sugar levels by as much as 29% with cinnamon in just 40 days. That’s with NO drugs, NO diet changes—just plain old cinnamon!
According to traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon helps improve the body’s “fire”.
Natural Alzheimer’s Treatment
Researchers from Tel Aviv University found that extracts from cinnamon bark inhibit the toxic amyloid polypeptide oligomers and fibrils (brain plaque formations) that have been found in Alzheimer`s Disease. In lab testing, cinnamon reduced β-amyloid plaques, improved mental cognition, extended Alzheimer’s victim’s longevity and quality of life as it also helped recover locomotion defects.
Professor Daniel Fung at Kansas State says cinnamon has the ability to kill bacteria, including the deadly E.coli 0157:H7 (one of the most virulent food-borne microorganisms that exists today) and by extension has antimicrobial effects on other common food-borne bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter.
Did you know that cinnamon can stop vomiting and relieve nausea?
Depression champion/Irritability fighter/Mood Enhancer
Ancient folklore says the smell of Cinnamon is the best cure for the winter blues. Just the aroma of cinnamon is relaxing enough to help stabilize moods. One cinnamon study found that the scent of Cinnamon reduces driver irritability when caught in traffic jams. Participants in another study chewed cinnamon gum or even just smelled the sweet spice to improve moods. (In this study researchers noted that one “side effect” was that cognitive tests revealed that those who used cinnamon had better memory functions and could process information more quickly.) However, the most effective way that cinnamon can boost moods and actually cure depression is by removing bad bacteria from the gut that makes you more susceptible to both irritability and depression.
The cure is in your cupboard
Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon can also help prevent strokes by assisting with blood platelet regulation. Other benefits of cinnamon are: antiviral, antifungal and anti-parasitic actions, improved colon health, boosted brain function, natural cancer treatment and more! As a cancer fighter, cinnamon slows tumor growth while inhibiting inflammatory markers connected to cancer proliferation.
What kind and how much cinnamon
Which is best: Ceylon cinnamon, Saigon cinnamon, cinnamomum zeylanicum or regular grocery store variety cinnamon? Interestingly, the grocery store variety known as cinnamomum cassia works the best in most research studies and clinical trials.
For health maintenance, take one or two 500 mg capsules of cinnamon with every meal. Bake with it, drink cinnamon in tea or sprinkle a little cinnamon on your toast, cereal, oatmeal, or sliced apples. Diffuse the essential oil of cinnamon into the air and maybe put a drop of oil on each earlobe. For critical health recovery, double-down!